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Crime spree charges split between two counties

Two suspects originally charged in Seminole County with 22 felony counts relating to a September crime spree from Konawa to Tecumseh will have their charges separated as six of those charges are now filed in Pottawatomie County District Court.
Charges relating to a Seminole and Pottawatomie County crime spree were all filed in the county where the spree originated. The suspects were caught Sept. 7 following a spree that included numerous carjackings, armed robberies and a shooting.
Arrested and charged were Jason Kenneth Dimaggio, 31, and Roberto Dale Cardenaz, 44, who are both from California.
According to court documents, both suspects had preliminary hearings scheduled Monday in Seminole County District Court on the counts there. Those hearings were postponed until January after six of the charges were dismissed there and then filed in Pottawatomie County for the specific crimes in this county.
The duo’s alleged crime spree began in Konawa, moved to Maud, then to the Ralph’s Pharmacy in Tecumseh, where the pair split up. Cardenaz was arrested on SH 9 following a pursuit to the Norman area, while Dimaggio was found a few blocks away from the Tecumseh pharmacy after the town was placed on lock down for a manhunt. The spree began with the most serious offenses occurring in Konawa, where the men allegedly assaulted a man and shot another during a carjacking.
The two are charged in Pottawatomie County with robbery with a weapon, accused of robbing Alice Christopher at a Maud church by taking vehicle keys and a vehicle belonging to her.
In a count of assault with a dangerous weapon, they are accused of assaulting Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer with an automobile during a pursuit. They also are charged with eluding a police officer and conspiracy to commit a felony.
In connection with the robbery of Ralph’s Pharmacy in Tecumseh, both are charged with robbery with a weapon, accused of taking narcotic pills from Pharmacist Joel Scott Tucker. They also are accused of assault with a deadly weapon for shots fired during that hold-up.
Both are scheduled for an initial court appearance for the Pottawatomie County charges on Wednesday. Their preliminary hearing dates in Seminole County haven’t yet been rescheduled.
Watch for updates.

Six charged with trafficking in illegal drugs

Six people arrested March 14 after sheriff’s deputies found about 25 grams of methamphetamine while serving an arrest warrant at a Shawnee home are now charged with trafficking in illegal drugs.

 

The felony case was filed Monday in Pottawatomie County District Court.
Charged conjointly are: Bradley Dewayne Vakilzadeh, 34, Seminole; Rodney Phillip Aird, 41, Seminole; Ryan Wayne West, 42, Shawnee; Edward William House, 42, Shawnee; Michael Ray Tinney, 24, Norman; and Ashley Brown, 21, address unknown.

All six were charged with trafficking in illegal drugs and are accused of knowingly trafficking methamphetamine on March 14, charges show.
If convicted, each defendant could face imprisonment from four years to life as well as a fine of $25,000 to $200,000.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies from Seminole County came to Shawnee March 14 to serve two outstanding drug court warrants. Pottawatomie County deputies went with them to the home because Shawnee police officers were busy on other calls.

Deputies Eric Fletcher and Joe Leeds, with his K-9 Judo, went with Seminole deputies to the home at 218 W. 35th Street.  When deputies approached the house about 7:40 p.m. and knocked on the front door, he said one person tried to leave out the back door but was deterred by Leeds’ drug dog.

Palmer said the deputies could see meth everywhere inside the house. The owner of the home gave deputies a consent to search; about 25 grams of methamphetamine was found and seized, along with scales, syringes and baggies, Palmer said.

The suspects arrested at the scene were taken to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on drug-related complaints; one female suspect was turned over to Seminole County deputies because of an arrest warrant from that county, Palmer said.  Five of the six defendants charged in this case remained jailed Monday with bonds set as follows: Vakilzadeh, $200,000; Aird, $100,000; West, $100,000; House, $35,000; and Tinney, $25,000.
The next court dates for these defendants haven’t been scheduled.

Methamphetamine arrests keep authorities busy

Six people were arrested Saturday night after sheriff’s deputies went to a Shawnee home to serve a felony arrest warrant and ended up finding about 25 grams of methamphetamine. In a separate case the same night, Shawnee police officers arrested a suspect after finding a meth lab at another Shawnee home.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies from Seminole County came to Shawnee to serve an outstanding drug court warrant. Shawnee police officers were tied up on other calls, Palmer said, so Pottawatomie County Deputies Eric Fletcher and Joe Leeds, with his K-9 Judo, went with Seminole deputies to a home at 218 W. 35th Street.

When deputies approached the house about 7:40 p.m. and knocked on the front door, he said one person tried to leave out the back door but was deterred by Leeds’ drug dog.
Palmer said they could see meth everywhere inside that house. The owner of the home gave deputies a consent to search; about 25 grams of methamphetmaine was found and seized, along with scales, syringes and baggies, Palmer said.

Six people inside that home were arrested at the scene. Palmer said five of them went to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on drug-related complaints and a female suspect was turned over to Seminole County deputies because of an arrest warrant from that county.  “Twenty-five grams is a lot of meth to take off the streets,” Palmer said.
The case will be turned over to the district attorney for consideration of charges.

A short time later, Deputies Fletcher and Leeds made another drug arrest near that area.
Fletcher made a traffic stop at Kickapoo and MacArthur streets because a vehicle had no tail lights, Palmer said. Deputy Leeds and Judo also stopped, Palmer said, and Judo alerted to narcotics on the vehicle. After a search, about 9 grams of meth was found in that vehicle, Palmer said. The driver, a Prague man, was arrested on drug-related complaints.

Shawnee police officers also found a methamphetamine lab Saturday night at 1136 E. Main.  Shawnee Officer Jeb Rollins and Cpl. John Goss received information about a meth lab, so a search warrant was obtained for that home.

During a search, officers found remains and chemicals of a meth lab and one suspect was arrested. The District Attorney’s Drug Task Force assisted with the packaging and clean up of the toxic substances at that scene.